Wednesday, March 10

My botanical gardens

I'm still playing with resin, this time preserving wildflowers from last summer.

I've always used Dad's old dictionary to press them.
I found this thrifting today, I'm big time now!

Ferns from my Valentine's bouquet....

will become a series of botanicals for my bedroom.

I bought these felt stems from my favorite scrapbooking store Anthologies.  They are by Prima.  I want to use them with my pressed ferns for kind of a 3-D botanical.
Bought these the same day...aren't they awesome!!  Giant stamps by Donna Downey.  I love this store, it's only blocks from my house so I stop in at least a couple of times a week.

An old poem printed on transparency makes a cool pocket for seeds.  It's a page for a nature journal I'm working on.
First I transferred an old book page onto canvas.

I'm obsessed with this little piece of seaweed. It looked like a little bulb & it dried so beautifully.  My friend Dorthe says in Denmark it's called 'bladder wrack'.  I plan to encase it in resin, but I'm afraid if it doesn't work I'll cry. It's the only piece I have, we found it on a beach in Monterey last summer.  If any of you beach- combers see any, I will pay you for some!


Linda said...

Hi Lisa- I LOVE the page from the nature journal- it really is beautiful! So creative!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I like the way you play! Love all your nature inspired projects...


Beautiful creations Lisa! ~ Angela

Peridots Garden Blog said...

Dear Lisa,

Everything is absolutely beautiful!

I love pressed flowers, I still have a scrapbook my oldest daughter made for Biology her junior year in high school...that was 1998...she laminated everything and they are still perfect!

Thank you for sharing,


Miss Gracie's House said...

Your wheels are always spinning, aren't they? Love the alice tags...enchanting!
Oh ya, congrats on your upcoming workshop...what an honor and you deserve it...wish I could come!

junkdreams said...

Wow Lisa...what a gorgeous everything!

SharDon Exclusives said...

I like the way you put a transparency in front and made it into a pocket. You are sooo clever. Also the idea of encasing the dried flowers in side is wonderful. Wonder why you couldn't do the same with fresh flowers. They may wilt a little but it would be fun to "try". Thank you always for the great ideas. I am so glad I found your blog.

Minky Magic said...

I love pressed flowers and bought a very similar flower press to yours last summer! Seeing your post reminds me I must go and have a peek at mine! Love what you've done with them!

Dorthe said...

your work is wonderfull, Love how you did with the pressed plowers, and resin, can`t wait to see more.
And your Nature journal page is stunning, -such a beautifull post, dear.
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Barbara said...

Lisa, I like what you are doing with the flowers and the page of the natural journal is outstanding. I am a fellow Texan with a list of Texas bloggers on my blog. I will add you to my list. Please come and visit.


Lululiz said...

My grandmother and I used to press flowers from her garden when I was a little girl, and I have done that on and off ever since. It is a lovely way to preserve nature and memories.

Claudia said...

Oh Lisa, I love seeing what you're up to. You are so creative - the botanicals will be lovely. The flower press is so enchantingly old-fashioned in the best possible way. Reminds me of a slower, more reflective time.


The Feathered Nest said...

I am SO in love with the nature pockets Lisa!!!! They are absolutely gorgeous..You go girl!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Charlene said...

We need a field trip or shopping day out soon!!!!! I MISS YOU! Glad to see everyone Friday. HUGS! Charlene

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Very FUN, Lisa!
Adore the etheral feel of that journal page. I also love, love, love preserving/pressing flowers. Play with them in beeswax too...another application that gives such a charming look. Hope you'll share more pages from that nature journal! The page you shared today would be a fun presentation to share some seeds/seed packs with a friend. This is why I love reading your blog...always so inspiring! Thanks for sharing, xo Sue

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, I guess I need to get some resin, amazing. xoxoxo Clarice

Harriet said...

Lisa , Love the post . I just discovered Anthologies this morning
with my scrapping friends and after reading your post. Thanks for sharing
and I alsolove the journal your working on.

sissie said...

Hi Lisa,
I love your Dad's big, fat dictionary. Great for pressing those flowers and leaves.
You look to me as though you are just having too much fun. Your creativity is awesome girl.

I can't wait to see what the finished pictures look like. You are going to show us, aren't you?



Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh my, fall more and more in love with your creations every time I visit your blog!

And to think, I'm going to be taking one of your classes this Summer! YAY!!!


Dumpster Decorators said...

Beautiful and sweet.

June said...

Can it get any better than this Lisa. Nature inspired art. Love it!